There is a little bit of mystery to this series, simply because the Greyhounds and Otters only played each other twice all year. The first game saw the Greyhounds get steamrolled 6-3 at a time when seemingly no one could beat the Otters, but the second game was much closer. While Erie again took the victory, the Otters needed overtime to nab the marrow 2-1 victory.
Players To Watch
Erie – Travis Dermott
With forwards like Zach Senyshyn, Blake Speers and Gabe Guertler, the Greyhounds have a strong forward corps. That puts the onus on Dermott, who will not only be asked to push the offence, but also shut down the big guns on the Greyhounds. Dermott has managed to handle nearly every test he’s faced so far this year, but now that it’s playoffs, the pressure to keep it up has been raised.
Sault Ste. Marie – Brandon Halverson
Last season, Halverson was the goalie when the Greyhounds lost to the Otters in the West Final. With that memory fresh in his mind, Halverson will head into this series with a chance at revenge. The New York Rangers second rounder is certainly capable of standing on his head, and that will likely have to be the case if the Greyhounds are going to steal this series.
By The Numbers
Erie (52-15-1-0) – 1st in West Conf., 1st in Midwest Div.
Sault Ste. Marie (33-27-7-1) – 7th in West Conf., 3rd in West Div.
Goals For: Erie 269, Sault Ste. Marie 243
Goals Against: Erie 192, Sault Ste. Marie 233
Head to Head: 2-0 for Erie
H-to-H Goals: 8-4 for Erie
Erie: Devin Williams (41-10-1-0) 2.36 GAA, 0.915 Sv%, 2 SO
Sault Ste. Marie: Brandon Halverson (20-17-4-0) 3.00 GAA 0.907 sv%
Who has the edge – Erie
Sault Ste. Marie did an excellent job against Sarnia to make it to the second round, they don’t appear to have the depth to handle the well rested Otters. It won’t be another sweep, and the Greyhounds can certainly make it a series, look for the Otters to move on to the Western Conference Finals.